This is definitely an episode that changes the status quo for Deku. There’s no way it can’t change since it is a major shift for the main character in the story. In some ways I’m curious to see if the story can handle that kind of escalation properly and not leave characters behind as a result. If nothing else though it should allow for some greast spectacle. I can’t say it remotely justifies how slow and unnecessary this arc was though. They could have easily kept the same key pieces in place and just turned it into a better arc. All they really needed here was Deku, Ochaco, Shinso, and some kind of threat. Putting those complaints aside though, this was still a good episode.

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